MARK CRAIG’S PLAYOFF PICKS

NFC WILD CARD

Prediction: Seahawks 31, Lions 17

Jan. 7 result: Seahawks 26, Lions 6

Comment: Matthew Stafford used up his magic ruining the Vikings’ season.

 

Prediction: Packers 23, Giants 20 (OT)

Jan. 8 result: Packers 38, Giants 13

Comment: With no Favre to throw the OT pick, Pack exorcises Eli demons.

NFC DIVISIONAL ROUND

Saturday, 3:35 p.m., Ch. 9

Prediction: No. 3 Seahawks 31, No. 2 Falcons 24

Comment: Seattle = 3-4-1 on the road. “Matty Ice” = 1-4 in the playoffs.

 

Sunday, 3:40 p.m., Ch. 9

Prediction: No. 4 Packers 30, No. 1 Cowboys 27

Pressure and the turnover gods finally catch up to Dak.

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Jan. 22, 2:05 p.m., Ch. 9

Prediction: No. 3 Seahawks 24, No. 4 Packers 20

Comment: Rodgers’ table-running runneth out vs. battle-tested home team.

AFC WILD CARD

Prediction: Texans 24, Raiders 21

Jan. 7 result: Texans 27, Raiders 14

Comment: Remember where you were when Brock Osweiler beat Connor Cook!

 

Prediction: Steelers 34, Dolphins 20

Jan. 8 result: Steelers 30, Dolphins 12

Comment: AFC’s thin QB field setting up Big Ben vs. Brady for Super Bowl.

AFC DIVISIONAL ROUND

Saturday, 7:15 p.m., Ch. 4

Prediction: No. 1 Patriots 34, No. 4 Texans 9

Comment: Yawn. Bill, Brady, Pats cruise to sixth straight AFC title game.

 

Sunday, noon, Ch. 11

Prediction: No. 3 Steelers 28, No. 2 Chiefs 26

Comment: Sorry, Alex. Gotta go with Ben and that 43-14 Week 4 win.

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Jan. 22, 5:40 p.m., Ch. 4

Prediction: No. 1 Patriots 35, No. 3 Steelers 31

Comment: A classic moves Patriots to 3-3 in past six AFC title games.

SUPER BOWL LI

Feb. 5: At Houston, 5:30 p.m., Ch. 9 • Prediction: Patriots 30, Seahawks 27

Comment: When in doubt, predict R. Goodell handing trophy to R. Kraft.